The Echo Life is about promoting our calling to stewardship and the discipline needed for such a calling. While we use health as our platform, we wish for people to concern themselves with being disciplined disciples in all areas of life. How we treat our environment is no exception. Moreover, Creation care does have tremendous impact upon stewarding our physical health. With this in mind, I offer the following.
From a Christian point of view, our first historical occupation as humans was not, as the neo-Darwinian theorists suggest, survival, making sure that our race continued to thrive. Our own care seemed to be the self-ascribed duty of God, as it still is. He provided for us, and He still does. Thus, we pray, “And give us this day our daily bread.” Instead of self-sustentation being our duty, our first job was Creation care, to steward the earth, to work along with God to ensure our world and the various species within our world were in order and taken care for. We were not about self, but about outward care.
We were stewards; we were gardeners. This is what our creation narrative tells us. But, do we live out of this narrative? When we are redeemed, do we ever assume we are redeemed back to something? Are we preparing ourselves to be a Kingdom minded people who work with God in the care of what is good? It seems that our concerns have shifted and we have become more self-oriented than perhaps we should. We make our salvation all about self, about personal salvation, instead of salvation for a purpose. We sometimes arbitrarily suggest salvation is about bringing God glory, but if we are not living for God and His purposes, how are we glorifying Him?
In other words, while theologically we recognize that we were at first called to steward creation, we do not see that as a concern for Christians today, even while we affirm that God is redeeming us back to our original glory.
As I close this first segment, I leave you with this thought. If our body is the temple of God and we should treat it with utmost care, for it is the dwelling place of God, should we not also concern ourselves with the dwelling place of the body, which is creation? If we do not take care of creation, and we instead suggest we must only care of our own body, then we are as guilty as someone who would say the temple is important, all the while digging the foundation out from under the temple.